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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Jan 1, 2009
      Om Saravanabhavaya Namah!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Krishnanandaya!


      November 4th is Skanda Sashti. The significance of
      this festival has been explained by Sri Swami
      Sivanandaji in his book "Hindu Fasts and Festivals".
      This article has been posted at:

      We have also posted a discourse on this occasion by
      Sri Swami Chidanandaji. The title of this discourse
      is "Never Despair" and is at:

      For this month's discourse we posted a question and
      answer session with Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji
      Maharaj during his All India Tour in 1950. Gurudev
      explains the role of religion in overcoming political
      crisis and economic calamities. This is at:

      A talk by Sri Swami Krishnanandaji titled
      "Remembering the Saints" on All-Saints Day in 1952
      has been posted at:

      Yours in the service of Gurudev,



      ADMINISTRATIVE ADVICE: On 8th of July, 1949, when
      certain problems of Ashram administration were
      brought to the Master's notice by the authorities, he
      gave them some valuable advice.

      "Call meetings of all the workers frequently," he
      told them. "Make everyone feel that they are very
      essential for the running of the institution.
      Encourage everyone to think of the work. No one
      should feel that he is merely the fifth wheel to the
      coach. Each department should have a head. At the
      same time, everyone should be induced to take a
      loving interest in the entire work. Appoint
      secretaries and assistant secretaries to each
      department. And this appointment should never be
      allowed to become a mockery. This is the mistake
      often committed by organisers, who tend to make those
      whom they appoint to responsible positions nothing
      more than their puppets! Each office-bearer in the
      Society should have real power to control his
      department and to take a hand in the general affairs
      of the Society. Everyone should respect everyone else
      and so joyously contribute to the service of


      "The prime process of religion is to turn a bad man
      good and raise the good man to the heights of
      Godliness. Religion is the practical means of
      rendering human life pure, truthful, honest, loving,
      noble, righteous and glorious. Known in this light,
      the practice of such a religion is the surest way to
      counteract all evils, hatred, hostility, corruption,
      deceit, violence, etc." - Swami Sivananda

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